Kartemquin's latest in association project Wuhan Wuhan (directed by Yung Chang | produced by Peter Luo, Donna Gigliotti, Diane Quon) will WORLD PREMIERE at HotDocs, April 29 - May 4 in the SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS program. The 2021 Hot Docs Festival will be available for audiences across Canada to stream.
The world got a glimpse of the future when China's Hubei province went into lockdown and the COVID-19 virus began its global spread. Award-winning director Yung Chang gained incredible access to frontline healthcare workers in Wuhan during the intense first wave in February 2020, as field hospitals and staff were pushed to their limits to prevent further infection and care for those in quarantine. From a couple expecting their first child and their search for a crib to nursing staff receiving haircuts, what would have been mundane tasks take on monumental meaning. As one radiologist presciently observes, "Ordinary people suffer the most in disasters like this." The virus remains invisible, but evidence of its impact is everywhere. Insufficient PPE and mounting casualties create dire circumstances for those confronting the pandemic face to masked face, yet a sense of hope drives each of the subjects, despite not knowing what the future may hold. - Alexander Rogalski
ABOUT THE FILM
When COVID-19 broke out in Wuhan, China, the city went on a lockdown, making it difficult to get a clear sense of what was happening. Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) teams with a group of intrepid videographers to capture life at the epicenter of the pandemic. The portraits include a couple expecting a baby, quarantined families in a byzantine shelter, medical workers, and a psychologist. In a time when the world needs greater cross-cultural understanding, Wuhan Wuhan is an invaluable depiction of a metropolis joining together to overcome a crisis.